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Job trends – Canada – Civil Engineer

Posted on December 3, 2020
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Civil Engineer jobs in Canada

Civil engineers are involved in the planning, design, development, and management of projects that involve the construction and repair of buildings, roads, airports, railways, bridges, tunnels, canals, dams, ports and coastal installations, highways and water distribution and sanitation. They can also specialize in structural inspection, town planning, and surveying. They can find employment in construction companies, engineering consulting firms or can be self-employed.

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The median wage for this profession is nearly 40 dollars per hour and the maximum wages for this profession is in the Canadian province of Alberta where it is 44.7 dollars per hour.

Community/Area Wages ($/hour)
Low Median High
Canada 25.00 39.42 61.54
Alberta 28.21 44.71 70.00
British Columbia 27.13 44.23 64.00
Manitoba 26.67 38.46 56.00
New Brunswick 22.37 41.83 54.36
Newfoundland and Labrador 16.40 37.96 60.00
Northwest Territories N/A N/A N/A
Nova Scotia 22.14 37.50 53.85
Nunavut N/A N/A N/A
Ontario 23.50 38.00 63.71
Prince Edward Island 26.00 32.31 40.00
Quebec 24.73 35.00 53.68
Saskatchewan 28.85 40.00 62.50
Yukon Territory N/A N/A N/A

Skills required

  • Analytical skills
    • Analyze information
    • Planning
    • Inspection and testing
    • Research and investigation
  • Communication skills
    • Professional communication
    • Advice and consultation
  • Engineering and Technology
    • Design
    • Engineering
    • Applied technologies
    • Building and Construction
    • Computer and Information Systems
    • Mechanics and Machinery
  • Law and Public Safety
    • Public Safety and Security
  • Mathematics and Science
    • Earth Sciences (Geosciences)

3-year job prospect-The job prospect in the next three years for civil engineers is fair  in most provinces of Canada.

Location Job prospects
Alberta Fair
British Columbia Good
Manitoba Fair
New Brunswick Good
Newfoundland and Labrador Fair
Northwest Territories Undetermined
Nova Scotia Fair
Nunavut Undetermined
Ontario Fair
Prince Edward Island Good
Quebec Fair
Saskatchewan Fair
Yukon Territory Good

10-year predictions

There will be more job openings than job seekers for this position in the next ten years. Few vacancies may not get filled due to skill shortage.

Employment requirements

  • A bachelor’s degree in civil engineering or in a related area of engineering is required.
  • A master’s degree or doctorate in a related engineering discipline.
  • Licensing of skilled engineers by a provincial or territorial association is required to approve engineering drawings and reports and to practice as a Professional Engineer.
  • After graduation from an approved training program and after three or four years of supervised work experience in engineering, and after passing a professional practice exam, they are eligible for registration.
  • Some employers may require that civil engineers have the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification offered by the Canada Green Building Council

Professional license requirements

Before you can start working, you may need to get a professional license from a regulatory authority.

Location Job title Regulation Regulatory body
Alberta Civil Engineer Regulated Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta
British Columbia Civil Engineer Regulated Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia
Manitoba Civil Engineer Regulated Engineers Geoscientists of Manitoba
New Brunswick Civil Engineer Regulated Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of New Brunswick
Newfoundland and Labrador Civil Engineer Regulated Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Newfoundland and Labrador
Northwest Territories Civil Engineer Regulated Northwest Territories and Nunavut Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists
Nova Scotia Civil Engineer Regulated Association of Professional Engineers of Nova Scotia
Nunavut Civil Engineer Regulated Northwest Territories and Nunavut Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists
Ontario Civil Engineer Regulated Professional Engineers Ontario
Prince Edward Island Civil Engineer Regulated Association of Professional Engineers of Prince Edward Island
Québec Civil Engineer Regulated Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec
Saskatchewan Civil Engineer Regulated Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Saskatchewan
Yukon Civil Engineer Regulated Engineers of Yukon


  • Conferencing and conducting analysis with customers and other engineering team members to evaluate project specifications
  • Planning and designing major civil projects such as buildings, highways, bridges, dams, systems for the management of water and waste
  • Establish specifications for building procedures
  • Evaluate and suggest suitable materials for building and construction
  • Interpret, evaluate and authorize surveys and work on civil architecture
  • Conduct field work
  • Ensure that construction plans comply with building code requirements and standards and other regulations
  • Establish and track work schedules for construction
  • Carry out feasibility studies, economic assessments, local and regional transport studies, environmental impact studies or other analysis
  • Monitoring the quality of air, water and soil and establishing methods for cleaning up polluted sites
  • Act as supervisor of the project or site for land survey or construction work
  • Prepare and review contract documents and analyze bids for construction projects
  • Supervising and evaluating and approving plans, measurements and cost estimates by technicians, technologists and other engineers.

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